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HOB'BLE, verb intransitive

1. To walk lamely, bearing chiefly on one leg; to limp; to walk with a hitch or hop, or with crutches.

The friar was hobbling the same way too.

2. To walk awkwardly, as when the feet are encumbered with a clog, or with fetters.

3. To move roughly or irregularly, as verse.

While you Pindaric truths rehearse,

She hobbles in alternate verse.

HOB'BLE, verb transitive To perplex. [Not in use.]

HOB'BLE, noun An unequal halting gait; an encumbered awkward step.

He has a hobble in his gait.

1. Difficulty; perplexity.